It’s now been six months since I’ve been cleared to exercise after having my second baby. I’ve made some progress, although I’m still not quite at the six month post-baby goal I had set for myself.
Here’s a breakdown of my weight loss so far:
- Within the first month, I lost twenty pounds. This includes the weight of the baby, fluids, and all the other yucky things that rapidly change in your body immediately after giving birth. Given that I lost only ten pounds following the birth of my first child (he weighed just under 8 pounds), this got me pretty excited.
- Seven weeks after my c-section I slowly started my workout routine. Thankfully, staying active in my second pregnancy made it easy for me to ease back into exercise. Within a month, I’d lost a little bit more weight, but…
- Then I put some weight back on. It was the middle of summer, and I was enjoying myself. We took a few vacations, I got lazy with my workouts, and I was having too much fun eating all the things that I couldn’t eat while pregnant (a.k.a. sushi and spicy foods).
- I went back to work when baby was four months old. This meant no more yoga pants and sleep shirts. I knew I had to start getting serious about losing weight if I wanted to reach my weight loss goals by spring. Enter Insanity.
I put a lot of effort into creating my own workout routines, so it has been a while since I’ve used a DVD program. I enjoy using Pure Barre DVDs when I am closer to my goal weight, but that’s about it. I was motivated to start Insanity for three reasons.
- Those late night advertisements are convincing! Not just because the before and after transformations are fierce, but because the science behind the program makes sense. To me, anyways. I’ve seen the fast results HIIT workouts can produce, and I knew I needed something intense to jumpstart my weight loss (again).
- The time commitment was set in stone. The entire program lasts 63 days. I knew having a clear beginning and end would help me adjust to working out again. The workout schedule is already created for you: 6 days a week of 45-60 minute DVDs. Having a calendar and plan helped me stay motivated.
- My husband and sister also wanted to join in on the program. Typically, my exercise time is a solo event. I knew having a support system would help me stay committed.
So here is what I thought of this two month program:
- Structure: My favorite part of the Insanity program is the overall design of the workouts. As stated earlier, HIIT is great for weight loss. In this workout, you are constantly alternating between going all out and resting. After a ten minute intense warm up, you slow things down with a short stretching session. The actual workout consists of different moves that you complete for 30 to 45 seconds. After each set, you get a thirty second water break.Don’t be fooled into thinking that the constant breaks make this workout easy. Even a two minute set is enough to make you beg for water and rest. The moves are tough, but allowing your body a short break in between circuits keeps your heart rate on a constant, fat-burning roller coaster.Completing each move for a short period of time also helps to keep you motivated. There are some moves you will HATE. But you can do anything for 30 seconds, right? At least that’s what I told myself. The reason I’ve failed with different DVD programs in the past is because a) I feel the workouts are not intense enough to give me noticeable results, or b) the workouts are so intense I couldn’t possibly keep up for the next 45 minutes. These mini breaks are the blessing you need to keep pushing through to the end.
- Intensity: The DVDs are called Insanity for a reason. These are some really intense workouts! Especially for someone that had a baby less than three months before starting the program. I felt like I was in pretty good mommy shape, but that false sense of reality was completely shattered after the first few days of the program. I was sweating, catching my breath, and taking water breaks as much as I could. As much as it sucks in the moment, I love that my butt gets kicked this much! Time is valuable. I need to know that what little time I do get to exercise is actually going to give me results.
- Do you have to be fit to complete the workouts? Clearly, no. My first week of the program was embarrassing, but with each workout I could see improvement. This program could truly work for all fitness levels. Simply do as much work as you can; you DO NOT have to keep up with the athletes in the video. Give your all in each workout (even if that doesn’t feel like a lot) and try to push yourself harder the next time.
- Is it worth it? Yes, 100%. Training this hard six days a week is a true commitment. By day 53, I was so ready for it to be over! I can honestly say that nothing has got me back into shape faster. My ability by week nine of the program had improved so much from week one! I’ve started my regular running and strength training routines again, and I know my stamina would not be near what it is if it weren’t for Insanity.I lost 15 pounds during the nine week program. This is exactly the progress I needed to see in order to really feel motivated again. Since ending the program, I’ve found it much easier to remain active. I’m in better shape, and I’ve also conditioned myself to carve out time in my day to exercise.
Overall, I’m down 33 pounds in the six months since baby #2 was born. My new weight loss goal is to continue my regular workout routine until the end of the year. In January, I want to complete Insanity for a second time. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!